We all know the importance of maintaining a skincare routine, but what happens when your skin still breaks out despite the care you give it? For all of you who suffer from acne and blemishes, I empathize with you because I continue to experience regular breakouts! Before you toss your beloved skincare products, check in with yourself! The causes of your breakouts may not be what you imagined. Here are four surprising reasons why your skin continues to breakout:
You don’t change your pillowcase regularly
Just like your cell phone, your pillowcase can contain bacteria that causes breakouts. Even if you wash your face every night before bed, the natural oils from your hair and skin can accumulate on your pillowcase. Once they build up over time, they lead to breakouts. Pillowcases should be changed or washed weekly to keep them clean.
You skip moisturizing
It took me a long time to realize that moisturizer is actually good for my acne-prone skin. It is easy to assume that too much oil causes breakouts, but this actually is not true. Excessively cleansing the skin removes natural oils, causing rebound dryness that can further irritate acne. Applying moisturizer reintroduces natural oil back into the skin and balances it.
You never clean your makeup brushes
When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? It is important to clean all your beauty tools at least once a week to prevent makeup, oil, and bacteria from causing breakouts. If you don’t have a fancy makeup brush cleaner, a small amount of water and soap will do the trick!
I adore Bite Beauty. I recently bought a Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon from Sephora and instantly enjoyed the lightweight, creamy formula that differs from the drying matte lipsticks I usually wear. Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is the newest addition to the brand’s range of lip crayons. Instead of a matte formula, this crayon features a fun shimmer formula that delivers sheer colour for the spring season!
The lip crayon comes in a sleek, matte black tube with the Bite Beauty logo embossed on it. It is lightweight and portable. The crayon itself has a precision tip for easy application. The crayon twists upward when the bottom of the tube is twisted, but it is not self-sharpening.
The Lip Crayon
I love the creamy texture of the lip crayon! It glides onto the lips and is highly pigmented. The lip crayon feels weightless when applied to the lips, and dries down to a translucent finish. I adore that this product doesn’t fade or feather with extended wear. The product dries down to a soft-focus finish that appears blurred and chic.
The formula is nourishing and soft. The texture feels lightweight and comfortable. As with other Bite Beauty products, this lip crayon is formulated without parabens or sulfates. The lip crayon is water-resistant and feels smooth and hydrating on the lips. Each crayon has a pearly undertone.
Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is available in a range of 10 shades. Each shade has a shimmer finish. I adore the fun, whimsical names of each of these lip crayons!
- Rose Glace – Shimmering peachy pink with rose pearl
- Candied Guava – Shimmering apricot with gold pearl
- Mauve Marzipan – Shimmering mauve with magenta pearl
- Fuchsia Frosting – Shimmering hot pink with electric fuchsia pearl
- Cherry On Top – Shimmering warm red with red pearl
- Violet Icing – Shimmering lavender with silver and violet pearl
- Grape Glaze – Shimmering violet with iridescent pearl
- Cocoa Crush – Shimmering bronze with bronze pearl
- Molten Chocolate – Shimmering cocoa plum with maroon pearl
Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a great product if you like a creamier lipstick formula. It is lightweight and feels delightful on the lips. Though it is not long-wearing, the formula is one that I favour when I’m looking for a lightweight, creamier product! Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon retails for $28 at Sephora
Coffee is one of my favourite things. I drink it daily and it gives me the perfect energy boost. I am a frequent Starbucks customer, and enjoy trying new drinks and food items. Starbucks can carry a heavy price tag, so today I’m sharing my favourite tips to save money on your daily cup!
Join the MyStarbucksRewards Program
This program involves earning Stars for every purchase. With each Tier of the program, you earn can earn free food and drinks after every 12 purchases. If you buy coffee daily, you’ll earn a free food/drink every two weeks! The program also has special promotions and Double Star Days to help you earn rewards quicker.
Create your own latte for the price of an espresso
Order 2-3 shots of espresso hot or over ice. Add your own milk afterwards to create your own latte for less.
Bring your own cup
I often bring my travel mug to Starbucks when I have a long study session ahead. Starbucks gives you a 10-cent discount when you bring your own reusable cup.
Brew your Starbucks coffee or tea at home
I recently discovered the variety of Starbucks K-Cups that exist for my Keurig. I buy a 12-pack of K-Cups for $11.99. My at-home coffee is still Starbucks brand, but it only costs about $1 per cup.
Do you visit Starbucks? What is your favourite tip to save money on your daily coffee?
As a Canadian, I have a soft spot for cosmetic brands from Canada. I reorganized my makeup storage drawer this weekend, and it inspired me to shine a spotlight on my favourite Canadian beauty brands.
Founded in Toronto, Bite Beauty features natural products for face and lips. The creamy lipsticks are handcrafted with both restorative and nourising benefits. I like that Bite Beauty products are crafted with natural ingredients, but still colourful and moisturizing.
Nudestix are the ultimate busy-morning products. All eye, face, and lip products are formatted as crayons. The makeup range is both easy-to-use and create a flawless base. The Lip & Cheek Duo is long-lasting and creamy. The double-ended pen is lip colour, lip liner and cheek colour.
This brand offers vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each highlighter, concealer and foundation is customizable to fit your skintone. CoverFX was founded in Ontario.
I bought a new eyeshadow brush set a few months ago and wanted to test the brushes for a while before reviewing the set. The set I bought contains 4 lightweight, multipurpose brushes.
The brushes are packaged in a standard clear plastic box. The packaging of this product is unremarkable, but I do like how sleek and travel-friendly each brush is. The brushes have slim, matte handles in various shades of pink.
What is it?
This brush set contains four brushes to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner:
- Crease brush
- All-over shadow brush
- Smudge brush
- Liner brush
The quality of this brush set is surprising, given the small size of each brush. The bristles are soft, pliable and smooth on the eyelid. Each brush is small, but the size makes them ideal for precisely applying and blending eyeshadow.
Tips for using each brush
I typically use each brush for a specific type of eye makeup. The liner brush has a flat, slanted tip to apply eyeliner. I use the fluffier smudge brush to blend shadow into my lid and crease. I mainly use the all-over shadow brush to apply shades to my lid and brow bone. The smudge brush is ideal for layering darker shadows on the outer corner of my eye.
Sephora Collection Eye Brush sets are perfect if you are looking for brushes that are smaller, light and easy to use. The 4-piece set retails for $20 at Sephora.
I frequently use Twitter to share links to my blog posts, but recently began to grow my blog with the platform. I shared my content but did not engage with my followers or fellow bloggers. Implementing a few simple strategies has not only grown my following but also increased my engagement on my blog.
Engage with your followers
If you’re using Twitter to promote your blog posts, it is important to engage with your followers (and potential readers). It only takes 5-10 minutes to scroll through your feed and like, retweet, or comment on your followers Tweets. This not only increases your engagement, but it also increases the visibility of your account and blog.
Create a call-to-action
I recently posted a call-to-action and asked my followers to link their blogs in one of my Tweets. This was beneficial for two reasons – (1) I was able to explore new blogs and content; and (2) Connecting with other bloggers grew both my Twitter account and my blog’s follower count.
Add hashtags to your Tweets
Adding hashtags to your tweet, or tagging a brand, will introduce your content to new readers who may not have found your blog otherwise. Exploring hashtags on Twitter also increases your visibility to brands you may want to work with.
Add images to your Tweets
Tweets with images receive twice the amount of engagement than those without. Your tweet will stand out more than text-only tweets, especially if it the size is Twitter-friendly.
Bath and Body Works is one of my favourite stores to shop in. The delightful array of fragrance, candles, and soaps excites me for a new season. I typically stock-up on seasonal fragrances during the fall, winter and summertime. This is just what I did last week! Here’s a glimpse into my fall Bath and Body Works haul.
Vanilla Birch 3-Wick Candle
A single candle from Bath and Body Works lasts me forever. I tend to favour clean, fresh scents like vanilla, linen or sage. I picked up one Vanilla Birch candle and the fragrance notes of Madagascar vanilla, vanilla birch and sandalwood result in a delightful scent that reminds me of a cozy fall morning.
Beautiful Day Fine Fragrance Mist
I regularly repurchase fine fragrance mists from Bath and Body Works. Each fine fragrance mist contains 8 fl oz of product that typically lasts me throughout each season. The Beautiful Day fragrance is a delicious combination of daisies, apples and pink peonies. I typically wear this fragrance when I’m seeking a light, crisp scent.
Sweater Weather Fine Fragrance Mist
Hello, fall! Sweater Weather encapsulates the season in a bottle. This fragrance has crisp and cool notes, accented with crisp apple, autumn leaves and musky woods. I love wearing this specific fragrance when I’m ready to celebrate fall and cooler weather!